Reading aloud with the kids is a huge priority in our house. There are so many benefits to reading with children, including real quality time and exposing them to books they might not pick up on their own. I have one child that reads voraciously but I don’t think she completely understands what she is reading. The other child has a surprising grasp of really subtle humor and complex storylines but she won’t voluntarily pick up a book to save her life. Reading aloud with them at night benefits both kids- I can get my reluctant reader into a story and I can slow down my voracious reader’s roll to be sure she is thinking and understanding.
Since the girls have different interests, we don’t always read the same books and I tend to alternate nights reading with each child. I thought I would share some favorites that we have read together and a handful on my to- read list in case you are interested in reading aloud with your little ones.
These are chapter books and my kids are 8 and 9. I tried to pick books that would appeal to boys and girls of elementary age. I would love to hear your favorites in the comments below! We are always looking for more books to add to our library queue.